Seattle Seahawks still in Baker Mayfield trade talks per CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson

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After a quiet few months on the Baker Mayfield front, and after Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he “doesn’t see them making a trade for anybody,” the Seattle Seahawks are now reportedly in trade talks with the Cleveland Browns to acquire the former Oklahoma Sooners QB according to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson.

In an earlier article, I questioned where the Seahawks were in this Mayfield mess after only Carolina popped up in trade rumors since the NFL Draft. Perhaps they’ve been keeping tabs on Mayfield this entire time. Some teams are better at keeping things quiet than others.

Quite different from what Carroll said back in May, isn’t it?

Here’s what sticks out to me through this whole situation. I’ve brought up  Baker’s contract and how the money he’s due this season and who’s paying it has been the main issue of a potential trade. This is the first time I’ve seen the word “extension” and “Baker Mayfield” in the same sentence.

Unless a third team emerges, it’s a two-horse race between Seattle and Carolina.

Official prediction: if Anderson’s report is accurate, Mayfield will be in Seattle for training camp. The word “extension” is what really sticks out.

It’s a tall order for Mayfield. The Seahawks just traded the best QB in their franchise’s history.

Should the Seahawks actually extend Mayfield, they have ample resources to put pieces around him to compete in a very crowded NFC West that also has former Sooner Kyler Murray in Arizona, Super Bowl Champion Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles, and Jimmy Garoppolo/Trey Lance in San Francisco.

Mayfield goes to a tougher division but goes from a receiving corp that featured Jarvis Landry and a declining Odell Beckham Jr. to D.K. Metcalf and the incredibly underrated Tyler Lockett. He also goes from one of the worst organizations of the last two decades to an organization that was one of the best clubs in the NFL from 2010-2020.

Should the Seahawks not make a move to add a QB before training camp, they have either Drew Lock or Geno Smith under center come week one. A move for Mayfield would certainly improve their quarterback situation moving forward.

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